In case you’ve been curious about fair isle, here is a free pattern for a cushion which showcases a diamond pattern.
And if you’re looking for more of a challenge, visit my etsy (naluknits.etsy.com) and take a look at my Lotus Cushion.
This cushion is knit in one piece, starting with the back to the front, with the flap being the last piece. The sides can either be crocheted or sewn. The flap is knit with three buttonholes to keep flap buttoned down onto cushion. The back of the piece is knit in a solid color which contrasts nicely with the intricate design of the fair-isle lotus pattern.
- US 8 needles
- Three 1” buttons [large enough to fit buttonholes]
Gauge: 4” = 16 sts by 22 rows
Finished size: 13.5” x 11”
Yarn: DK weight yarn
- 2 skeins of contrasting colors
MC: main color [shown in purple on lotus chart]
CC: contrasting color [shown as white on the lotus chart]
BO: bind off
This pattern is knit in one piece. It starts at the back, then you’ll follow the lotus chart for the front of the cushion and flap.
Back of cushion:
Set-up.: CO 55 sts with CC onto the US 10 needles.
Seed stitch until 1” long (about 7 rows)
Seed Stitch [this stitch will keep the edge from curling in]:
R1-R7: K1, P1. Repeat until end.
K stockinette stitch until 10” long from beginning (about 55 rows). End on a WS row.
Front of cushion: R1-R65
Switch to MC begin graph.
Continue in stockinette stitch while following graph.
Flap of cushion: R66-R87
R1: [First row for 3 buttonholes]: K 12, BO3, K11, BO3, K11, BO3, K12
[Row to complete buttonholes]: P12, CO3 [I used the cable cast-on method], P11, CO3, P11, CO3, P12
Fold down back and flap of cushion so R1-R65 is at front of cushion.
Line up sides and sew or single crochet sides of cushion together. [I crocheted the sides together with the MC]
Sew buttons so they are lined up with buttonholes.
Block and you’re done!!
If the whole chart is too overwhelming to follow, the orange box designates the single part of the pattern that’s repeated. Just keep track of how many diamonds you’ve done – once you do five, you’re done and ready for the buttonholes!